528 g / 1 lb 3 oz (50 cm hammer with leash)
Tech Pick: Chromoly steel
Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike: stainless steel
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The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.
- Climbs steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests
- Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
- Comfortable, dual-density molded grip
- Lockdown Leash included
- CEN-B certified
Here's what other sites are saying:
Compact and light enough to stash and carry when not needed, the Black Diamond Venom Adze is more technical than the Raven or Swift. The Venom is for alpinists and ski mountaineers who want a swingable ice axe for climbing steeper alpine terrain, as well as a piolet-style axe for lower-angle snow climbing.
- Mountain Gear
A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing for which to select an appropriate tool. It used to be that you could either have a good ice tool that sucks for self-arrest or a standard ice axe that can barely climb a pitch of easy ice. Not anymore. Black Diamond designed the Venom Ice Axe to self-arrest and plunge into the snow easily but still offer good ice performance.
Description of Black Diamond Venom Ice AxeThe choice for technical mountaineering routes where performance, light weight and durability are paramount. A modular piolet with a curved shaft, the Venom plunges into snow cleanly, self arrests and provides solid placements in steep alpine ice. The interchangeable pick design gives you a choice between the Venom Classic Pick and the Venom Tech Pick, which has a more technical reverse curve. Both pick options self-arrest on snow. The Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick. A Lockdown Leash is included with both.FeaturesModular piolet with curved shaftInterchangeable pickLeash includedCompound bend high clearance shaft50, 57 and 64cm lengths493g 1lb 1oz
- US Outdoor Store
Perfect for light-and-fast ski mountaineering and alpine climbs, the Black Diamond Venom Adze ice axe offers an interchangeable pick, sliding FlickLock pommel and ergonomically shaped, angled shaft.